LIBRARY FACULTY MEETING
Date: October 26, 2011
Location: 126 GSLIS
Time: 3pm – 4:30pm
Call to Order
Adoption of the Agenda
The Agenda was adopted.
Approval of Minutes
The Minutes from the September 21 meeting were approved.
Chatham Ewing introduced Martin Stromberg as Visiting Scholar and Curator for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Beth Sheehan introduced Kelly McCusker who has been hired to provide much needed support for the Library in the areas of Sociology and Geography.
Report of the University Librarian
No report – Paula was travelling.
Executive Committee Discussion Items
Search Committee Updates – David Ward
Chairs or others involved in current searches were invited to provide updates on the searches currently underway and ask for input from the faculty.
. The Committee has finished interviews and paperwork and hopes to make an offer by Friday October 28.
The Committee is actively recruiting. The position involves a heavy component of digital preservation. Tom Teper is Chair for this committee.
. The Committee is inviting candidates for on campus interviews in early November.
The Committee is writing the job description.
. The Committee is waiting for approval from campus. The job description is approved and the Committee hopes to close the search by the end of November. This position is an AP position. Candidates need project management experience.
. The job description is complete and the job is posted and closing November 4. The Committee is planning on interviewing between Nov 28 and Dec 15. The Committee is looking for candidates who can be appointed with tenure.
Faculty Job Descriptions – David Ward
Due to shifts in the Library’s structure and functions, many faculty librarians have titles and job descriptions that no longer accurately reflect their current job responsibilities and primary activities. The process of updating official job titles at the Campus level is a formal process that may not be the most efficient way to update current librarian responsibilities. EC needs input on the best way to update faculty job descriptions and job titles.
(Comments provided by: Beth Woodard, John Wagstaff, Mary Laskowski, Michael Norman, Lynne Rudasill, JoAnn Jacoby, Scott Schwartz, Joanne Kaczmarek, Beth Sheehan, Karen Hogenboom, Merinda Hensley, Pat Allen, Chatham Ewing)
Possible process for updating job descriptions:
Possible process for updating job titles:
Discussion ensued specifically regarding job description updates:
A proposal was submitted to conduct a non-binding advisory vote. The vote was to determine whether or not we wanted to recommend to EC the following:
EC should look into the possibility of a common campus-level title (Assistant, Associate, Full Professor of Library Administration, plus a secondary Library-level title that can be changed more easily when changes in specific job responsibilities occur.
If EC determines this is possible, EC would need to bring the matter before the faculty prior to implementing any permanent change in the way our titles are applied to our positions.
The advisory vote passed with 18 yeas, 0 nays, and 3 abstaining votes.
Strategic Planning Update – David Ward
The Strategic Planning Committee has not gotten a lot of feedback from the Library faculty and we would like to get more. We’re trying to reduce some of the bullet points in the Strategic Planning document, and make sure we are clear about areas for new, major investment.
(Comments provided by: Tina Chrzastowski, JoAnn Jacoby, Pat Allen)
There is a lack of mention of assessment in the document. This at least needs to be included as a guiding value. How are we going to figure out if we meet our goals if there’s no way to measure, assess that we’ve completed them? We need some sort of metrics—we need to do more than promote assessment; we need to actually do it.
The concept of sustainable models of collection management is not clear. Can this be spelled out in the document? Does it really mean sustainable or rather efficient?
A lot of the goals have to do with technology but we don’t seem to be investing in the infrastructure to support everything. We need more than support for innovation—we need support for core or foundational infrastructure. How can we get this mentioned in the strategic plan document? The document also needs to mention “meat and potatoes” kinds of services, and not just support those that are “sexy” but also those that are fundamental to the services offered by the Library.
The Strategic Planning Committee is seeking all feedback by November 5. The final draft should be ready for review before Winter break.
Ad Hoc Items